Colorlines.com: ‘Asian Americans Respond to Pew’

Great article by Julianne Hing on colorlines.com out this morning.

Karthick Ramakrishnan broke it down the best I think:

Numbers without context don’t help readers understand what kind of meaning they should place on the information they’re given, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a political scientist at the University of California, Riverside. Ramakrishnan served on Pew’s advisory council, but alongside other members of the board, has raised concerns about the report’s narrative framing.

“What’s really unfortunate is you have studies done by Asian Americans that are very rigorous that get no attention,” he said, citing the National Asian American Survey and Advancing Justice’s 2011 study “Community of Contrast” (PDF), which aggressively dig in to the nuances and diversity of the community. “And then you have an organization like Pew that has a lot of credibility on other things that gets instant recognition.”

Read the full article.